Canadian doctor faces 3 more murder charges in patient deaths


TORONTO — A Canadian doctor accused of killing a patient last year was charged on Wednesday with three more counts of first-degree murder.

The Ontario Provincial Police said the new charges against Dr. Brian Nadler relate to the deaths of Claire Briere, 80, Lorraine Lalande, 79, and Judith Lungulescu, 93.

Police declined to provide further details, including when and where the three died, citing the ongoing investigation.

Nadler, 35, was originally charged with first degree murder in March 2021 in the death of Albert Poidinger, 89, at Hawkesbury and District General Hospital.

Police said at the time they were investigating the doctor in connection with several other deaths at the hospital.

Nadler was released on bail in July last year and arrested on Wednesday on new charges.

Nadler’s attorneys said he was released Wednesday afternoon under the same conditions as before, including that he must remain in Canada, reside at an approved address and notify police of any address changes.

He is also prohibited from practicing medicine and communicating with employees, patients and relatives of patients at Hawkesbury Hospital.

In an emailed statement, attorneys Brian Greenspan, David Humphrey and Naomi Lutes said they would mount a vigorous defense against the allegations.

“All four patients died of COVID-19 and Dr. Nadler provided excellent palliative care. When the facts are fully presented, we are confident that he will be exonerated,” the statement read.



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